First, swap your moisturizer for one that’s specifically formulated for eczema, like Eucerin Eczema Relief, says Francesca J. Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Skin still pissed? Look for a low-potency cortisone cream (either 0.5% or 1%, found at drugstores). Cortisone is a topical steroid and a typical treatment for eczema because of its ability to reduce itching and redness. That said, slathering on cortisone for a long period of time can lead to skin thinning or even acne. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders as to how often and how much to apply. In general, when a flare starts to chill out, wean off cortisone by reducing usage to every other day for a few days, then once a week, then stopping completely.
If you have eczema and rosacea or acne—cortisone is no friend to the latter two conditions—try a non-steroid prescription cream like Protopic or Elidel, which block specific inflammation chemicals that are seen in eczema.